Stephenie Young

Stephenie Young

Professional Details

Title: Associate Professor
Office: MH-228
Phone: 978-542-7258

Fall & Winter Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
1711 03 FYEN100 First Year Seminar (English)
3888 D3 ENG998 Thesis Capstone
4037 D2 ENG994 Portfolio Capstone

Professional Biography

Academic Biography:

Currently a research fellow (2015-2017) at the SSU Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and an associate professor in the English Department, I joined the faculty of Salem State in the fall of 2008. I completed my M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the State University of New York, Binghamton, and earned my B.A. in Art History from California State University, Long Beach.

My current book project is about public truth and the contentious relationship among aesthetics, forensics and memorialization in photography from and about contemporary post-conflict regions, including Bosnia. With Adele Parker, I am also working on an edited collection that focuses on aesthetics and catastrophe in recent women's writing. Our co-edited collection Transnationalism and Resistance: Experience and Experiment in Contemporary Women's Writing  was published by Rodopi in 2013. 

Please see my personal website for further information about my publications and other activities.


Professional Interests

Comparative Twentieth Century Literatures

Problems of Memory

Experimental Testimony (especially conflict/post-conflict narratives)   

Critical Theory

Aesthetics and Violence

The Forensic Imagination

Visual Art

Women's Writing

Holocaust Studies

Selected Publications

Book Chapter: "Images from the Grave: A Consideration of Taryn Simon's Work on Ex-Yugoslavia." Edited Collection by the Wiesenthal Institute, Vienna. (forthcoming winter 2016). 

Book Chapter: "Performative Memory-Making and the Future of the Kestenberg Archive" in Understanding the Kestenberg Child Survivor Testimony Collection: Historical, Linguistic and Psychological Approaches. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Press. (forthcoming 2016).

Review: Margarita Saona's Memory Matters in Transitional Peru in Dissidences, Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism. (forthcoming winter 2015).

Review: Roberto Bolaño’s A Little Lumpen Novelita in Asymptote (January 2015).

Edited Collection. Transnationalism and Resistance: Experience and Experiment in Contemporary Women's Writing. (New York/Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2013).

Book Chapters:: "Introduction" and “Transnationalism and a Post-Yugoslav Writer,” in Transnationalism and Resistance: Experience and Experiment in Contemporary Women's Writing. New York: Rodopi Press.(New York/Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2013)

Book Chapter: "Yugonostalgia and the Post-National Narrative." In The New Order of War. (New York/Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2010).

Selected Presentations

“Forensic Topographies: Photography, Aesthetics and the Post-Yugoslav Document." World History Association Conference. Bryant University, Smithfield, Rhode Island. October 2015.

Invited Workshop Participant, "Bodies of Evidence: Forensics, Photography, and the Post-Yugoslav Document." Wiesenthal Institute, Vienna, Austria. June 2015.

Invited Participant, "Treacherous Territories: Translating Material Evidence in Post-Conflict Bosnia." Center for International Education, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. April 2015. 

"A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVIII: Forensic Aesthetics and the Transnational Document." American Comparative Literature Association. Seattle, WA. March 2015.

Invited Lecture, "Grave Anxieties: Forensics, Visual Art, and the Urgency for Memory in Post-Conflict Zones." Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Lecture Series. Salem State University. March 2015. 

"In the Shadow of Mengele’s Skull: Forensics and Memorialization in Post-Conflict Bosnia." Transnational Holocaust Memory. University of Leeds, England. January 2015. 



Personal Interests

Travel, learning classical guitar, cycling, photography.